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The Fitch&urg State College Newspaper 

Issue #4 TALL 2002 Wmc or October 24th 

iParq; what, where and when? 

By Andy Levine and Tim Card 

Three years into the millennium, 
Campus Police has taken an ambi- 
tious step towards the future. A 
proposed system hosted and con- 
trolled by iParq ( would 
make use of the barcodes present 
on the parking stickers given out 
this year by Campus Police. 

Police officers would have a 
device, the iScanner, to read the 
barcode on each parking sticker. 
The handled would then display all 
the contact and car owner informa- 
tion associated with that sticker. 
Also, a summary of past tickets and 
a summary of the given account 
would be available to the officer on 
the device. 

The Internet based system would 
control registration of parking stick- 
ers and parking violations. In the 
iParq system, the FSC community 
would have the advantage of utiliz- 
ing the Internet to accomplish sever- 
al current hassles. 

Under the high tech scheme, stu- 
dents would be able to order the free 
parking ticket (plus 4.95 s&h) 
online and have it mailed to your 
home address. There would still be 
the option to pick up parking stick- 
ers at Campus Police. By entering 
the information needed to receive a 
sticker, such as name, license plate 
number, and car information, Cam- 
pus Police will not be as behind and 
unprepared to have a solid database 
campus motorists. 

Parking violation tickets would 
be able to be paid online. This 
would allow the payment of the 
tickets with a credit card. Again, 
tickets could be still paid in person 
down at the station. 

Another advantage to the iParq 
system is online ticket appealing. 

iParq's 2002-03 sticker vs. 2001-02 sticker 

Users will be able to fill out a form 
and electronically submit it. This 
would eliminate submission of writ- 
ten request to be reviewed by school 

Resident student, Parking Com- 
mitte Representative and SGA Trea- 
surer, Sam Lurie said, "iParq will 
make the job of Campus Police's 
issuance of parking tickets, collec- 
tion of ticket money and the appeal 
process substantially easier. iPark is 
going to solve a lot of problems that, 
in the long run, will make parking 
easier for students. They will have 
the flexibility to pay and appeal 
tickets on line 24/7." 

The iParq system is not currently 
in use, rather an idea that is waiting 
for approval by the college's admin- 
istrators. Ideally approval will be 
reached by the start of spring 
semester 2003. The very latest 
start time of the system would be 
fall semester 2003 pending 
approval. The stickers were 
bought before the system was in 
place, just in case the changes 
could be implemented this year. 

The 5,200 stickers bought cost 
less than they did last year. The 
large number of stickers purchased 
by the school was based on the num- 
ber of cars projected on campus and 
not the number of parking spaces 
available. Factors such as students 
changing cars, commuters obtaining 

multiple stickers 
caused such a 
high number of 
stickers ordered 
by campus Police. 
1,500 of the stick- 
ers bought were 
for staff, but 
unlike student 
stickers they don't 
not have to be 
renewed on an annual basis. 

"It is a much more efficient sys- 
tem," states Carolyn Reidy-Ruberti. 
While serving as administrative 
assistant to the chief of Campus 
Police and parking clerk, Reidy- 
Ruberti stands as the main organizer 
and reason for the iParq system pos- 
sibly being used. 

The best case scenario for the 
proposed iParq system is that it is 
granted approval for next semester 
and the results produce a more effi- 
cient parking management situation. 
The information form the online 
database iParq would collect could 
provide the administration a better 
idea of how the parking spaces, 
albeit a lack there of, could be used 
to their maximized capacity. This 
data could also lead to successfully 

An officer's new best friend; 
iParq's the iScanner 

improving the parking situation in 
the future. Upon approval this sys- 

tem could be up and going in two 
weeks. The worst case scenario is 
that the system is not approved, but 
the stickers were less costly to Cam- 
pus Police. 

Student reaction holds with it as 
much promise as and skepticism one 
can have before actually seeing the 
system in action. 

"I think it is a very good idea if 
they can make it proficient for 
everyone," states commuting stu- 
dent Michael Rogers. 

The iParq system hopes to elimi- 
nate frustrations of certain inconsis- 
tent ticketing by Campus Police. 

But iParq won't solve all parking 
problems. Spots will still be hard to 
find in campus lots. "Students will 
pay an undisclosed amount ( a fee) 
and still not be guaranteed a spot. 
It's a hunting license policy. A per- 
son can apply for and be granted a 
hunting license, but it doesn't mean 
their going to get the bear," said 

Some features of the new way of 
parking regulation possibly bring 
unneeded use of state of the art tech- 
nology considered by some. 

"The hassle of appealing tickets 
should not warrant an online system. 
Besides, computers freak the crap 
out of me," states junior Adam 

Until the iParq system is fully in 
place it is tough to pass judgments 
on how it runs and the positive and 
negatives that comes along with a 
change such as this one. 

Reidy-Ruberti, who has invested 
a lot time and effort into setting up 
iParq, remains hopeful of the sys- 
tem's eventual approval and imple- 

"It's the wave of the future," says 

Letter to the Editor 

Lingering Anti-Semitism in European Criticism of U.S. Middle East Policy? 

By Sean C. Goodlett 
Department of Social Sciences 

"The gulf between the American and European views of the Middle East 
could not be wider," Europe's edition of Time Magazine recently pro- 
claimed ("Why Doesn't America Listen?" 26 August, 2002). But just what 
does this statement mean? 

Too often when Europeans speak of U.S. "Mid-East Policy" they are 
using deliberately evasive code words that refer to Israel and, to be more 
specific, Jews. There is, in other words, a deep undercurrent of anti-Semi- 
tism in the European critique of American foreign policy; and it is an anti- 
Semitism embraced by the Left and the Right. This has become more trou- 
bling of late, especially as critics of the U.S. increasingly appeal to the 
"European perspective" on a range of issues, including most notably the 
Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the growing crisis over Iraq. 

A pronounced increase in European anti-Semitism in official circles 
emerged in December, 2001. The most visible sign of this came from 
France. At a private function, the French Ambassador to Great Britain, 
Daniel Bernard, placed the blame for the Middle East conflict solely on 
Israel, which he cheerfully dubbed "that shitty little country" (London's 
Daily Telegraph, 17 December, 2001). Ambassador Bernard refused to 
apologize for his remarks. He was finally withdrawn from Britain only in 
August, 2002. Typically obtuse in these matters, France's leading daily, Le 
Monde, deflected attention away from homegrown anti-Semitism onto the 
country's burgeoning, and therefore "troubling," Islamic community 
("Existe-t-il un antisemitisme islamique?" 23 December, 2001). 

Viewed by itself, the incident might seem trivial. But as anyone who 
reads the international press knows, in the past twenty-four months Europe 
has seen a significant increase in violent anti-Semitism. Synagogue burn- 
ings, anti-Semitic graffiti, and attacks on Jewish citizens have become com- 
monplace; one estimate identified 405 anti-Jewish incidents in France 
alone since the autumn of 2000 {Le Monde, 13 March, 2002). 

In April of this year, after nearly four months of pleading by the Jewish 
community, the French government belatedly called out 1,100 police to 
protect Jewish citizens. The action was precipitated by extremist Islamist 
youths throwing Molotov cocktails at temples in Marseille, Lyon, and 
Strasbourg, as well as numerous random violent attacks on Jews {Le 
Monde, 3 April, 2002). 

As further evidence of broadly based anti- Jewish sentiment in Europe, 
in the spring 2002 presidential elections France witnessed an unprecedent- 
ed run-off between a center-right candidate, Jacques Chirac, and the far- 
right, anti-Semitic Jean-Marie le Pen. M. le Pen is, if not a Holocaust 
denier, a man who minimizes French complicity in the deportation and 
murder of Jews during WWII. (To be fair, M. le Pen is an equal-opportuni- 
ty anti-Semite, loathing Arabs as much as Jews.) Most observers (myself 
included) viewed his second-place showing in a heavily divided field as an 
aberration, but the very fact of his success over the moribund Socialists 
underscored the resurgent tide of anti-Jewish and generally racist European 

One hardly needs to add that anti-Semitism is a persistent feature of Aus- 
trian, German, and Russian politics, or that it has become fashionable even 

in the Netherlands. 

Within the academic community, hundreds of European scholars have 
argued for blackballing Israeli academics, in one case forcefully removing 
Jewish members from the editorial board of the academic journal, Transla- 
tor {The Guardian, 13 July, 2002). These actions, along with the violence 
in Europe and a movement to force divestiture in Israel, recently led Har- 
vard's President, Lawrence Summers, to decry what he called "disturbing 
evidence of an upturn in anti-Semitism globally" (The Crimson, 19 Sep- 
tember, 2002). 

Without a doubt, outside Europe, and most especially in Arab media, 
anti-Jewish sentiment has become not only common but dangerously so. 
The nonpartisan Middle East Media Research Institute 
( http : //www. memri .org/ ) reproduces in translation instances of media-gen- 
erated anti- Jewish hate speech, much of it state-sponsored. A sampling of 
what one finds there includes frequent demonization of Jews as "apes and 
pigs," the repetition of the "blood libel" (which holds that Jews engage in 
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Andrew Levine 




Roger Roy 


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Elizabeth Heinle 


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Elisabeth Ricci 

Writlrs this Issue 

Samantha Baker Michael Hanson 
Tim Card Julie Jepsen 

Kelsey Doherty Robin L. Kanter 
Sean Goodlett Kate O'Neil 
Eileen Hamm Shawnna Robert 

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European Anti-Semitism is still a 
problem in present day conflicts 

Continued from page 2 

cannibalism), and the exaggerated argument that Israel's actions in the West 
Bank and Gaza are akin to Nazi tactics in WWII; this last has been repeat 
ed by American academics like Edward Sa'id. 

None of this, of course, ought to prevent a vigorous debate over U.S. 
foreign policy in the Middle East. Most especially, it ought not put a stop 
to serious analysis of (what appears to be an inevitable) war with Iraq. But, 
clearly, given the context of growing European anti-Semitism, it is only 
sensible to treat continental objections to American "Middle East policy" 
with a good deal of skepticism. For the "European perspective" is more 
than simply tinged with anti-Jewish and anti-Israeli sentiments (the two 
being interchangeable in France and elsewhere). It is inextricably and his- 
torically bound up in the murder and repression of European Jewry. 

Now more than ever we need to be vigilant, to remain on our guard 
against Europe's lengthy history of excess. It is not inconceivable, after all, 
that the real meaning of Europe's anti-Israeli posturing, its befriending of 
various rogue states (most recently by selling dual-use nuclear technology 
to Iraq and Iran), lies in its lingering anti-Semitism. 

The Point would would like to make the following correction from 
Issues # 2 & 3. We have been spelling contributing writer Shawnna 
Robert's name wrong. We apologize for this error. 

Zeroing in on overexposure 

By Kristine McCaffrey 

The sniper attacks that are happening in the Washington, DC area and 
Virginia are not only serious, but also extremely frightening. This sniper 
has shot at 1 1 people, he is a true marksman and an escape artist. My heart 
goes out to all of the victims and their families for this mad man's shoot- 
ing rampage. Truly innocent people are being shot at while doing every- 
day tasks we all do each day; pumping gas, attending school and going to 
Home Depot. No one is safe. 

Just think about how it would be if this were happening here in Mass- 
achusetts. You couldn't pump gas or go to a store without the fear of being 
shot. The truth is that is could happen here as it is now happening in the 
DC area. It sounds like something out of a movie. In fact a movie, which 
plot is eerily much like this sniper situation, was pulled from the movie 
screen until at later time or perhaps will never be released at all. A pre- 
view shows a man inside a phone booth talking to a sniper who is tor- 
menting the man by shooting people around him who are innocently walk- 
ing around. 

I have a lot of faith in the FBI that they are doing everything in their 
power to catch this very sick man. I do have a bone to pick with the media 
though. The media is reporting on the sniper a little too much. They are 
broadcasting the alleged "cream colored get away van" that the sniper has 
been using. 

Why is the media telling the public that? Don't they think that perhaps 
the sniper turns on the evening news. Once seeing this he is going to 
switch vehicles. This guy is probably driving around in a Toyota Camry 
while everyone is looking for a cream colored van. 

The media also reported about the tarot card left at the scene of one of 
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-PiinMng Impure* 

By Kelsey Doherty 


Sinper instilling DC area fear 

Continued from page 3 

the sniper attacks ( I believe it was 
where the middle school student 
was shot). It was the death tarot 

First of all, why did the police let 
this information out? Second, why 
was it said on the news? 

Anyone who goes to the movies 
or watches Law & Order knows that 
you do not reveal to the public 
about the calling card left by the 
killer. If you notice, no other tarot 
cards have been left since. 

Another mistake, by police, 
was to set up a "tipline" for people 
to call in if they have any informa- 
tion or if they witnessed anything. 
This is an invitation to all the cra- 
zies out there to get on the line and 
give false information to the author- 
ities. In fact, it has been said that 
the witness who told the police 
about the "cream colored van" is 
not a credible witness after all, 
because of the darkness, confusion 
and adrenaline the witness was 
experiencing at the time. A person 
who said they saw it all, really saw 
nothing at all. While the police and 
FBI are sorting through these false 
witnesses and facts the sniper is 
plotting his next attack. 

The sniper has no rhyme or rea- 
son for his attacks. He attacks at all 

different times of day, on different 
days (except he seems to take week- 
ends off) and shoots innocent peo- 
ple going about their everyday life. 
To ask why he is doing this is prob- 
ably useless. If he is caught and 
decides to give 

an explanation, it will not be a satis- 
fying reason to the public. I think 
he is probably a very mentally sick 
man, who perhaps sees things that 
aren't really there. He is obviously 
a marksman who knows how to aim 
a rifle. 

When people go out at night they 
dart in and out of grocery stores, 
restaurants other public places. 
They stay in their cars while filling 
up their tanks and school children 
are getting cabin fever from not 
being allowed out for recess. High 
school football games in the DC 
area are being re-located to secret 
locations up to 150 miles away. The 
people in the DC area are re-think- 
ing about the way they carry on a 
typic al day. 

They are re-routing their lives out 
of fear because of this evil man. All 
we can do is wait and watch to see 
what happens. My thoughts and 
prayers go out to these people ques- 
tioning whether or not their loved 
ones will return home each evening 
and to the people who have already 
lost their loved ones. 


Got a Problem? 

GAP is the newest addition to the Student Government 
Association weekly meetings. This portion of the meet- 
ing is dedicated to resolving the problems that the stu- 
dents are having everyday. So, join the Student Govern- 
ment Association during their meetings on Tuesdays at 
6:30 in the Alumni Rooms of the Hammond Campus Cen- 


Learning center educates 
through carnival 

By Samantha Baker 

Fourth grade students at McKay, as 
well as their teachers, were in for a treat 
on Oct. 9 and 16. Between the two 
days, the entire fourth grade visited Dr. 
Suskind's Creative Arts in Education 
class and had the opportunity to partic- 
ipate in the learning center that the 
class had created. 

The theme of the learning center, 
which the college students developed, 
was Carnivals. Carnivals can be fun 
and exciting to go to, but they can also 
be educational, as the fourth graders, 
teachers, and students in Dr. Suskind's 
class discovered. 

Each student in the Creative Arts 
class created and planned an activity 
relating to carnivals, which the fourth 
graders would go to during their visit. 
For example, the McKay students had 
the opportunity to learn about the 
Brazilian culture by learning a dance 
from Brazil. They also applied their 
math skills by measuring ingredients to 
make bubbles, used their knowledge of 
symmetry to create masks, and worked 
with play money to buy tickets to each 

Other activities included Wheel of 
Fortune, making animal masks, design- 
ing roller coasters, performing a play 
with puppets they made, and more. 

The students that participated were 
excited about it and eager to learn. The 
teachers also had a great time and par- 
ticipated in the activities that the Cre- 
ative Arts students had to offer. 
According to Mrs. Chapman, one of the 

fourth grade teachers at McKay, "the 
kids were excited for days and no one 
was absent." She thought it was won- 
derful that the students had the oppor- 
tunity to dress up for the carnival 
because they don't have a chance to. 

Mrs. Sawyer, another teacher at 
McKay, commented that "it was a won- 
derful experience and the students 
learned a lot." 

While the fourth graders visited the 
Carnival learning center created by the 
Elementary Education students in the 
Creative Arts class, Dr. Suskind's Fine 
Arts class, which is for Early Child- 
hood majors, invited children from the 
Child Development Center, two Pre- 
School classes and a Kindergarten and 
first grade class to their Country Fair 
learning center. On Oct. 15 and 22, the 
children had the opportunity to play 
Twister using different animals instead 
of colored circles. 

They also worked with bubbles, 
learned a dance, and could make wands 
and puppets. 

Everyone involved in these learning 
centers, from the college students to the 
classes that were invited, and even the 
teachers, had a great time and learned a 
lot from the experience. Some of the 
fourth grade students even commented 
that they enjoyed all of the hard work 
and effort the college students put into 
the centers. Others hoped they could 
visit again or that the college students 
could visit them. Everyone gained 
something from this project, but they 
also had fun at the same time. 


Sexual Assault Task Force created to educate 

By Kristine McCaffrey 

Want to hear some scary statistics? One 
in four women will be sexually assaulted 
during their college career. One out of 
three women can expect to be sexually 
assaulted in their lifetime? Most women 
have heard statistics like this, but what are 
they doing about it? Health Services in 
conjunction with Office of Campus Living 
and Campus Police have put together a Sex- 
ual Assault Task Force in order to help pro- 
tect, educate and inform women students 
and faculty members on campus. The task 
force has scheduled a number of events, 
classes and video series for students and 
faculty members to attend in hopes that 
they will become more aware of how to 
become more knowledgeable, informed and 
prepared when it comes to protecting their 
well being here on campus and for life after 
college. These events include the Clothes- 
line Project and Take Back the Night hap- 
pening in Aprif (which is Sexual Assault 
Prevention Month) as well as some impor- 
tant and educational events happening in 
the near future. 

The first event the task force is sponsor- 
ing is a film series, which started October 
22nd, in which movies are featured with a 

discussion afterwards in the Ellis White 
Lecture Hall here on campus. The first film 
series showing was "Tough Guise", a movie 
dealing with issues of violence and media 
and the crisis in masculinity. The movie 
explained and examined the relationship 
between images of popular culture and the 
social construction of masculine identities 
in the U.S. during the 21st century. 

The next film series flick will be "The 
Burning Bed" starring Far- 
rah Fawcett. This 
movie deals with 
domestic abuse and 
will be shown on 
November 19th in the 

to empower themselves through self 
defense. The classes will teach important 
self defense tactics to use when being 
jumped or attacked. The R.A.D. program 
consists of 3 three hour classes. The class 
will also go over some of the most effective 
steps you can take to maximize your safety 
here on campus as well as outside of cam- 
pus and in your everyday life such as: 

* Trust your gut feelings. If you 
feel unsafe or creepy 

leave that situation 

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sexually assaulted during 
their college career. 

free for all students and employees here at 

Campus Police is providing students 
with free Rape Aggression Defense 
(R.A.D.) classes each month. The classes 
are open to all FSC female students and 
employees as well as female friends of stu- 
dents and employees. All ages are encour- 
aged and welcome to attend. The purpose 
of these R.A.D. classes is to develop and 
enhance options of self defense. R.A.D. 
classes are designed exclusively for women 

More often rapists tend to be 
dates, boyfriends, classmates and other 

* If you choose to drink socially keep 
your safety in mind. Know your limits and 
stick to them. 

* Do NOT go to parties alone. Go with 
a group and leave with a group! 

* Make every effort to use campus shut- 
tles, the escort system, and most important- 
ly travel with friends. 

* Be especially careful at night. Sexual 
victimizations often occur between the 

hours of 6p.m. and 6a.m. 

There is really no excuse not to attend 
these R.A.D classes. Over the course of 
this school year Campus Police is planning 
on having classes each month. The dates 
are October 20, 27, November 11, 17, and 
December 8. There are also tentative dates 
happening second semester: February 4, 5, 
and 6, March 25, 26, and 27 and April 15, 
16, 17. If you are interested in signing up 
for a class contact Campus Police. 

It is horrible and frightening when some- 
one if sexually assaulted, whether it be on 
campus or in everyday life. Not educating 
yourself about how to stay safe or protect- 
ing yourself against an attacker is even 
more horrible. These programs are free and 
important. Perhaps taking a R.A.D. class 
here at FSC will be the most important class 
you ever take. It can help save your life or 
protect you against being raped, mugged or 
seriously harmed. Being ignorant, careless 
or not using common sense could be the 
worst mistakes a woman can do. Hopeful- 
ly the women of this campus, both students 
and employees, will take advantage of these 
Sexual Assault Task Force programs, 
events and classes. There is no reason not 
to learn how to save your life. 

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Book signing with FSC Alumni 

John L. Bisol 

By Eileen Hamm 

Moaning, sobbing, door-closings, footsteps, and other unexplained 
sights and sounds are' some of the things that prompted John L. Bisol to 
write about his grandmother's house in Fitchburg. His fictionalized account 
of actual events that occurred in the old Victorian house and the eerie sto- 
ries told by his grandmother are chronicled in his recently published book, 
"The House on South Street." The book is currently on sale in the Campus 

The English Club of FSC is pleased to offer students the unique oppor- 
tunity to meet this author in person and hear his story. John Bisol will be 
present on campus on Wed., Oct. 30 for a special book-signing event. 
Don't miss out on the chance to experience a "haunting good time" the day 
before Halloween. 

John Bisol is a graduate of Fitchburg State College where he received 
his Master's Degree in vocational education. Make plans now to meet this 
FSC alumnus who has actually experienced the paranormal presence of 
ghosts. Learn what it was like to spend time in this haunted house. Watch 
for flyers that will be posted on campus in the next few days with further 
information (time, location, etc.) about this exciting book-signing event. 

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'Mission' successful with 
FSC crowd 

By Julie Jepsen 

On Oct. 9 FSC premiered "Mis- 
sion Improvable." For those of you 
that are unsure what improv is, it is 
a performing improvisational come- 
dy as well as an unscripted sketch 
comedy based upon words or phras- 
es suggested by audience members. 
"Mission Improvable" is a group 
of six men who came together at 
University of Massachusetts 
Amherst. It all began for them when 
they decided to perform a weekly 
show at their Campus Center. They 
now travel all over the United States 
performing for colleges everywhere 
along with performing at theaters 
and festivals all over the Nation. 

If you have never been to an 
improv, this was a terrific show to 
grab your interests. Each mission or 
scene is much like the games from 
the popular television show, "Who's 
Line Is It Anyway." The production 
is based on suggestions taken direct- 
ly from the audience, which means 
you determine the content of the 

Many of their "missions" required 
the audience members to come up 
on stage and participate. Everyone 
could get involved. This particular 

show they preformed lasted approx- 
imately an hour and thirty minutes, 
but was worth the time. 

"Mission Improvable" did all 
their scenes of improvisation with 
no rules, no boundaries and no form, 
just true improvisation. This is 
known as "The Trip." This "Trip" 
enables wisdom, allowing audience 
to participate in the emotional roller 
coaster ride of group exploration 
and subconscious leadership. There 
was no point in the night when the 
viewers laughing or didn't have a 
huge smile across their faces. 

These six unbelievable men did 
many different scenes to grab the 
audiences attention. One example is 
when they had to pretend they were 
Arnold Schwarzenegger and mak- 
ing up puns of the words the audi- 
ence gave them. Another example is 
when they pretended they were the 
cast from Seinfeld. They had to do 
the soup Nazi scene from Seinfeld. 
However, during the skit someone 
would yell rewind and "Mission 
Improvable" had to began saying 
their lines in reverse order. Overall 
this production was joyous and 
entertaining. If you enjoy laughing 
and are looking for a good time, 
"Mission Improvable" is for you. 


Innovata gave FSC a performance it will never forget 

By Robin L. Kanter 

On Oct. 6, FSC was graced with the appear- 
ance of the well-known Innovata Brass band. 
Consisting of five members, the Innovata Brass 
gave an incredible performance. 

Born in 1998, Innovata is made up of top tal- 
ent from the Boston area. These musicians come 
from a pool of hand-selected performers that 
have appeared with the Boston Symphony, 
Boston Ballet, Portland Symphony and with 
other leading symphony orchestras and chamber 
groups around the world. The wide range of 
experience that each person brings to the group 
compliments the type of show they are present- 

The director Michael S. Milnarik has per- 
formed on CNN, New Hampshire and Maine 
Public Radio, Boston Catholic Television, at 
Boston's Symphony Hall, at the House of Blues 
(Cambridge, MA), at the Newport Chamber 
Music Festival, the Tangle wood Music Festival, 
and the New York Shakespeare Festival. In addi- 
tion, he has performed with many orchestras and 
chamber ensembles including the 
Boston Ballet, the Portland Sym- 
phony, the Portland Ballet and 
the contemporary music ensem- 
ble ALEA III, just to name a few. 
He played the Tuba. 

The trombone player is Mar- 
cos Max Vails Martin. He "was 
recognized at an early age as a 
highly talented musician after he 
won several youth solo competi- 
tions in Brazil. His orchestral 

credits include performing most recently for three 
years as the principal trombone of the Sao Paulo 
Symphony Orchestra in Brazil. He has also per- 
formed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the 
Tangle wood Fellowship Orchestra, the Aspen 
Music Festival Orchestra, and many others 
throughout New England, Texas and South 

Stephen Nadel, who is the French Horn play- 
er, was born and educated in New York City, 
received two degrees from The Julliard School. 
He has traveled around the world performed in 
the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in 
Charleston, South Carolina and Spoleto, Italy. 
During one of his two summers there, he per- 
formed on the Grammy-winning recording of 
Barber's Anthony and Cleopatra. After gradua- 
tion, Stephen performed in many orchestras in 
New York, including Philharmonia Virtuosi, St. 
Ann's Chamber Orchestra, and Queens Philhar- 
monic (with which he was Principal horn and was 
a soloist on several occasions). 

He has also recorded soundtracks for movies 
and commercial jingles. Stephen also played in 

several Broadway shows. For 2 1/2 years, he was 
on National Tours of Cats and The Music of 
Andrew Lloyd Webber. He performed with this 
ensemble for 7 years, performing about 1 80 con- 
certs per year (including appearances as soloist 
with orchestra) and recorded three CDs. He has 
a large private horn studio, has taught brass meth- 
ods, chamber music and Music Appreciation at 
Brown University, Bridgewater State, Provi- 
dence, Wheaton and Atlantic Union colleges. He 
has also performed with various chamber groups 
and orchestras like New Hampshire Symphony, 
Cape Cod Symphony, Plymouth Philharmonic, 
and the Boston Pops. 

Unfortunately, Karen Antonio-Muenzinger 
was unable to attend the FSC performance. 
Karen came last semester to FSC and ran a Brass 
Clinic. People of different Brass instruments got 
some one on one attention and learned different 
things about their instruments. It was a great 
clinic and some of hope for this clinic to happen 
again next year. 

Overall, it was an excellent concert. The 
group even gave the chance for members from 
the audience to ask questions and play a solo if 
they had one prepared. They pro- 
vided great information about 
music and instruments. I liked 
how every member had a solo in 
one piece and described more 
about their instrument and them- 
selves before playing. It gave me 
a more personal feeling. We look 
forward to seeing them again next 

For more information about 
the group, visit their Website, 

Check it Out: 
Website Review 

By Shawnna Robert 

Almost everyone has owned played with a Magic 8-ball at 
another. Thanks to some ambition and a drill, the mystery of he 
ical device works has been solved. At . you 
by step photographs of the dissection of an 8-ball, along w 
description of all of the parts. So grab a drill, and check it out. 

Are you scared yet? 

Dance your life away on Oct. 30th at 
the Black Light Party 

Costume contest 

**costumes not required** 

Underground Pub 9 p.m. 

ID required 


'Red Dragon' 
sizzles silver screen 


By Kate 


The FBI is 
at a loss. 
There is a ser- 
ial killer on 
the loose, 
they call him 
the "Tooth 
Fairy." He's 
been slaugh- 
tering whole 
families, and 
he has to be 
before he 
strikes again. 
It's time to 
call in the 
best, retired 
Agent Will 
Graham (Ed 
Norton), the 

Agent who brought in Hannibal 
"The Cannibal" Lecter (Anthony 
Hopkins). Unfortunately, Graham 
will need help from his former 
teacher, and that's playing a very 
dangerous game. 

This prequel to 'Silence of the 
Lambs,' a remake of the movie 
'Manhunter,' gives the audience 
exactly what we wanted. A movie 
that lives up to the suspense in 
'Silence of the Lambs,' has a com- 
pelling plot that stands alone, and 
shows how Hannibal Lechter was 
brought in. 

Anthony Hopkins is in top form, 
carrying out a terrific performance 
as his most famous character. (It 
also makes us forget the confusing 
mess that the movie Hannibal was.) 

Ed Norton 

makes a great, 
unassuming pro- 
tagonist and 
someone you 
truly root for. 

The best act- 
ing however 
comes from 
Ralph Fiennes 
as Francis 

Dolarhyde, a 
truly unsettling 
and riveting 
killer. Which is 
a good thing, 
because the 
movie is really 
about him. The 
movie's score is 
instantly recog- 
nizable as a 
Danny Elfman 
work, bringing 
in his creepy music to fit the action 
surprisingly well. Wisely, the film- 
makers didn't overplay the role of 
Hannibal in the movie, and every- 
thing balances out to a satisfying 

If you've never seen one of the 
other movies in the series, don't 
worry, you're better off for it. Even 
if you've seen 'Manhunter,' you'd 
be surprised, the ending is not what 
you remember. 

Great thrilling horror flicks are 
few and far between. With Hal- 
loween coming up, head out and see 
this on a dark and spooky night. 
When you get back you'll definitely 
be double checking your locked 

C.S.I.' a little review to a big 
smart show 

By Samantha Baker 

"C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investiga- 
tion" follows the Crime Scene 
Investigators from Las Vegas as 
they use their intelligence and 
expertise as well as the state of the 
art technology that helps in solving 
the murders. Each week the audi- 
ence follows the team of investiga- 
tors through the process of the 
investigation. As the audience, we 
see the different types of possible 
and actual scenarios that happen 
through the investigators minds and 

The team is lead by Gil Grissom 
(William Peterson, the dad in 
'Fear'). He is socially inept but 
slowly learns through the witnesses, 

the suspects, and the actual murders 
on what social life really is. He rides 
roller coasters to relieve his stress of 
the job. Catherine Willows (Marg 
Helenberger) is a former stripper 
turned C.S.I.. She is the mother of 
the group, mostly because she is a 
mother. She is smart, easy going, 
and determined to get the job right. 
Nick Stokes (George Eads), Warrick 
Brown (Gary Dourdan) and Sara 
Sidle (Jorja Fox) play the always 
learning, improving and at times, 
the more open-minded supporting 
side of the C.S.I, team.that makes 
the show so well. 

"C.S.I." is on Thursday nights at 
9 p.m. on CBS. Tune in, check it 

Ani Difranco's 'So Much...' 
is just right to hear 

By Melissa Ganley 

Five years after her gold-selling 
live album "Living in Clip," Ani 
DiFranco has released a second live 
album entitled "So Much Shouting, 
So Much Laughter." Released on 
Sept. 10, the new double CD is a 
collection of twenty-one songs from 
earlier albums, as well as three pre- 
viously unrecorded tunes. 

The album was recorded with her 
six piece band during their most 
recent U.S. tour. It contains her infa- 
mous lyrical poetry vocals set to her 
unique acoustic guitar rhythms. 

As always, the songs hit on a 
variety of controversial topics rang- 

ing from abortion to sexism and vio- 
lence against women, as well as sev- 
eral political issues. She touches the 
subject of gun control in the title 
track song from her 1999 album "To 
the Teeth." Songs for this album 
were taken from each stage in 
DiFraneo's musical career. The 
album includes favorites such as 
"32 Flavors," "Napoleon," and 
"Ain't That the Way." The lyrics all 
pack a powerful punch, moving 
from angry bursts of energy to soft 
and vulnerable whimpers. 

This album is emotionally 
charged, and has something to listen 
to for every mood. It's an album 
well worth the money. 

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Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their 
|own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. 

— John Muir 


By Elisabeth Ricci 

Wow, that's deep; deep, but accurate. Don't 
believe me? Then come and see for yourself. 
Come to Outdoor Adventures, and have yourself 
a real adventure outdoors! Oh wait, you proba- 
bly want to know more about it before you jump 
right in, huh? 

Outdoor Adventures provides the campus 
community with fun, adventurous experiences, 
which will teach lifetime skills, foster character, 
leadership, and the adoption of healthy lifestyles. 
We will encourage teamwork, personal growth, 
and appreciation of the outdoors. We will 
achieve these objectives through professional 

outdoor adventure programming and experiential 

Their trips are open to all experience levels, 
and they strive to create an atmosphere in which 
beginners will feel comfortable learning new 
skills and pushing their own limits, whether they 
be physical, emotional, or mental. 

We've already been canoeing down the Nashua 
and done a few hikes. The best trip so far was the 
rock climbing trip at Crow Hill in the Leominster 
State Forest. It was lead by professionals from 
Vertical World Adventures (check out their site 
at: Every- 
one was really great, and I even made some new 
friends! Plus, this is also the chance 
to get some fun exercise. 

Anyone who wants to have fun 
and meet new people should definite- 
ly give the Outdoor Adventures Club 
a try. If you're worried about looking 
silly, or if you think you'd be scared, 
don't worry. Everyone is very sup- 
portive, and the groups are small, so 
you get quite a bit of personal atten- 

There are still a lot of great trips 
left, like snow shoeing in February, 
and canoeing in the spring. Plus, 

there are the regular Friday hiking trips, and even 
the white water rafting trip and a big hiking trip, 
which are both overnight trips. So, hurry down 
to the Recreation Center and sign up at the front 
desk for any trip that you may want to go on. 
Some of the bigger trips have fees, but they are 
not nearly as bad as what you'd be paying if you 
went on your own. So come on, sign up. See you 
in the great outdoors! 

Calendar of events and 

acti vi ties 


"Men in Black II" - Oct. 25, 8 
p.m., Ellis White Lecture Hall 

"Scooby Doo" - Oct. 25, 7 
p.m. and Oct. 27, 8 p.m., Ellis 
White Lecture Hall 

"Monster's Inc." - Oct. 26, 
12:30 p.m., Ellis White Lecture 

Special events 

Blood Drive - Oct. 23 and 
24, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., M&M 

Halloween Party - Oct. 30, 9 
p.m., Underground 

IFSC Halloween Party - Oct. 
27, 1-3 p.m., Underground 

LASO Halloween Party - 
Oct. 31, 9 p.m., Underground 

Dr. Cue's "Artistic Pool"- 
Oct. 30, 5 p.m., M&M Lounge 

WXPL & The Point: Band 
Night - Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m., 

Salem Trip - Oct. 31, sign 
up at Info Desk 

Classic Lunch with Andrew 
Kerr- Nov. 6, 12:30 p.m., M&M 

This week's calendar covers 
events through Nov. 6. Listings 
including date, time, location, 
admission fee, sponsor and con- 
tact telephone number may be 
sent by e-mail to point(g) 
or by campus mail to The Point, 
Hammond Building. 


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Field Hockey on a roll; beat UMass Dart 

By Orlando Claffey 

Being shutout three times in your first five 
games is no way to start a season. The FSC Field 
Hockey team knows this too well. With an 
offense that was struggling to convert opportuni- 
ties, and an inability to move the ball up the field, 
the Falcons found it hard to stay in games; both 
on the scoreboard and in spirit. 

"We seemed like we were always a step 
behind," said Beth Bacher, in her fifth year as 
head coach of the team. The timing was off and 
teams took advantage. 

The low point for the ladybirds came during 
a loss against Framingham State, a team that the 
veteran core of the team felt they should have 

They knew they were better than what they 
displayed on the field, said Bacher. There were 
plenty of chances that we missed. 

Disheartened, the team returned to the prac- 
tice field. Bacher focused on different scoring 
drills and the women pulled together as a team, 
and the results seemed to pay off. In the next two 
games, FSC outscored their opponents five to 
two, winning important conference games versus 
Westfield State and Salem State. 

With the team believed to be back on track, 
their Little East rival, Umass Dartmouth rolled 
into town, looking to squash the Falcon's streak. 
Sporting a two and two record, the South Mass. 
Squad was looking to get a quick win from the 
struggling home team, and found out early on that 
they would have to work for a victory. 

Fitchburg jumped out to an early lead, with 
Sophomore Julie Wessells and Junior Juli O'Con- 
nor finding the back of the net, giving FSC a two 

goal lead. 

Umass was put 
on their heels early, 
but got new life when 
Jacquelyn Briggs was 
able to split the Fal- 
con defense and 
score. Goalkeeper 
Angela Buffington 
was steadfast though, 
holding the visiting 
team scoreless for the 
rest of the half while 
making four saves. 

With the score 
two to one in favor of 
Fitchburg, the Fal- 
cons pushed forward, 
looking to gain 
another goal before 

the break Enter Jen^ ee P ' n Falcon territory late in the game, UMass tries to get back 
Currier into the game. FSC's defense came up big, stopping a last minute 

Earning the assist char 9 e b V tne °PP onents to win tne 9 ame - 

on O'Conner's goal earlier in the period, Currier 
moved the ball across the arch. Using some 
flashy stick work, the Junior captain beat two 
Umass defenders, and fired a shot from the point, 
putting the Falcons up by two heading into half- 

Unfortunately, the energy FSC had going 
into the break couldn't carry over to the second 

"We played with so much intensity in the 
first half," said Bacher, "it was hard to regain that 
momentum." The team was flat, and the defense 
was taking a pounding. 

Pouncing on the off balanced Falcons, 
Umass worked their side of the field. Through- 
out the game, the visitors were around the Fitch- 
burg goal, and.the FSC defense was beginning to 
crack. Umass assaulted Buffington, earning eight 
penalty corners in the second half and 16 in total, 
opposed to four attempts by Fitchburg. 

The enemy's offense was throwing their best 
at the Buffington, who made a couple of dramat- 
ic saves, but eventually two skipped past her out- 
stretched pads. Struggling just to control the ball, 
Fitchburg was quickly reverting back to their 
form from the start of the season. 

Midway through the second half, the Fal- 
cons were able to break through, pushing the ball 
past the center line. Sensing an opportunity, 
Bacher called a timeout, giving her tired defense 
a quick break, and changing goalkeepers. 

"We had a chance to get back on track," said 
Bacher. The quick chemistry change and rest 
sparked FSC. Team points leader, Serena St. 
George, ran the field. She was the focal point for 

the Falcons, as they seemed to regain their con- 
trol, and worked the ball deeper into Dartmouth 

Both teams went back and forth for some 
time, until the orange globe landed on the stick on 
Currier again. Slicing through the center of the 
Umass defense, she bobbed and weaved herself 
40 yards, crossing to the right of the goal. As 
soon as she saw a hole, the forward wound and 
fired, beating the enemy keeper. 

With time waning, and FSC holding to a 
four to three lead, Umass regrouped. They 
brought all their big guns forward, but this time 
the Falcons defense was up to the task. Led by 
Sweeper Carolyn Murphy and Wessels, the home 
team was able to thwart their opponents. 

With only seconds left, Umass had one last 
opportunity to tie the game. Receiving one of 
their many penalty corners, the ball was sent out 
to the left wing, but the Falcon defense collapsed 
on the ball, keeping Umass from getting a shot as 
time ran out. 

"The team really picked it up after the time- 
out," said Currier, who finished with two goals 
and an assist in the win. "We started communi- 
cating with each other and did a better job setting 
people up. I just found my self in the right posi- 
tion at the right time." 

Currier will have to be in the right position 
often, as the Lady birds' schedule intensifies. 
They close out the season playing four confer- 
ence rivals, including undefeated Plymouth State. 
For now, they have a three game winning streak, 
and look to keep it going. 

Fall 2002 - Week of October 24th 

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Men's Soccer beats 

The Fitchburg State Men's soccer 
team captured a victory over Framingham 
State College October 19. The men's 
record is now 5-4-1 . As of right now in the 
MASCAC Standings they are 1-1-1. 

The team played well on Saturday. 
Senior Jeremy Seymour had two goals, giv- 
ing him four goals for the season. Sopho- 
more Dana Jennings also played especially 
well. He assisted on two goals. Jennings 
has three assists for the season. 

Football gets third win 

The Football team took on Maine 
Maritime Saturday and came home with a 
victory October 19. The score was 21-13. 
The teams' record is now 3-3. In New Eng- 
land Football Conference (NEFC) Stand- 
ings, the Falcons are 2-1. With this kind of 
effort, we expect great things to happen. 

Dave McDonnell carried the ball 147 
yards for a touchdown to give the Falcons 
an early lead. Trevor Smith had excellent 
extra points, getting all three in. Aaron 
Bremnan also had an excellent game with 
eight tackles and five sacks. 

Field Hockey Can't Pull 
Off Win 

The Fitchburg State Field Hockey 
team took on Bridgewater State at Bridge- 
water State College October 19. Unfortu- 
nately, they were not able to gain a victory 
from the game. The Field Hockey team is 
currently 6-7-0. In the Little East Confer- 
ence, they are currently 3-2. 

Angela Buffington had seven saves in 
Saturdays' game. Bridgewater, however 
won the game 1-0. 

Framingham Tops Falcons 

By Robin L. Kanter 

Fitchburg State College's 
Womens Soccer team took the 
field hoping for a win for the 
seventh time this season. Unfor- 
tunately, It wouldn't be an easy 

FSC took on Framingham 
State College at Elliot Field and 
the fans were pumped and anx- 
ious for the game to start. It was 
a rebuilding year for Tom 
McGuinness, in his third year, 
and his assistant coaches, Amy 
Peterson and Pam Neff. This 
year there are only nine return- 
ing veterans and there are 10 
new players to fill the 19-man 

FSC took the field pumped 
for a win. Starting in goal for 
the Falcons was Sophomore 
Erin Kenney, who only let two 
goals two goals slip past. The 
FSC defense played a great 
game. The defense contained 
Junior Captain Lynn Hurley, 
Sophomore Jill Curran, and 
Junior Lindsey Rondeau as 
sweeper. These three girls kept 
the Framingham's strikers on 
their toes. 

Junior Andrea Nykiel and 
Sophomore Stacy Jeleniewski 
played excellent games. Jele- 
niewski had many shots on goal, 
all of which were just shy of the 
net. Framingham slipped 
through the crack of the FSC 
defense, allowing Sophomore 
Lisa Diamond to pass off the 
ball to Junior Jen Volo to give 
Framingham the early lead. The 
score is 1 -0 Framingham. 

Framingham did not stop 

With Framingham's offense in striking distance, the Falcons 
employ an wall to stop a penalty kick from going into the 
net. Even with some tight defense at times, the Falcons fell 

there, Daniela Ferrara and Kait- 
lyn Rea also got by the defense, 
bringing the score up by two. 
FSC held Framingham back for 
the rest of the half. 

Psyched and ready to take 
the field in the second half, FSC 
came back strong, scoring a goal 
early. After a trip in the Penalty 
box, defender Rondeau took the 
shot, hitting nothing but net. 
That goal put FSC behind by 
only one, with the score was 2- 1 . 

Curran played an excellent 
game and had a couple of close 
shots on goals. We expect great 
things from her career here at 
FSC. Freshman Sarah Roberts 
replaced Kenney in goal for the 
second half. Roberts played out- 
standing. She saved incredible 
shots and only let in one goal for 
the game. Framingham's Volo 
got by the defense scoring her 
second goal of the game. This 

gave Framingham the two point 
advantage, with the score for the 
game 3-1 with time running out 
for the FSC. 

It was a tough victory for 
Framingham. FSC did not rest 
and gave it their all. Captains 
Alison Lindberg and Racheal 
O'Brien played exceptional 
games. Sophomore Laurie 
Courounis played an excellent 
game on defense, Junior Sharon 
Torrisi and Freshman Catherine 
Marlborough played first-rate 
games as well. 

Do not forget to check out 
Women's Soccer games this Sat- 
urday October 26, 2002 at 5:00 
P.M. against MASCAC team 
Westfield State College and then 
the following Tuesday October 
29, 2002 against MASCAC 
team Salem State at 7:00 P.M. 


Oct 26th 

Tue. Oct 29th 

Wen. Oct 30th 


Oct 31st 


Nov 2nd 



M Soccer Worcester 4 

Volleyball Emerson 6 

M Soccer 

Newbury 6 

X Country 

Alliance meet 


W Soccer Salem 7 


at Anna Maria 4 

At Keene State 

At Westfield 11 


F Hockey 

at S. Maine 1 

F Hockey at 

Worcester 11 


Mass. Maritime 

M Soccer 

Framingham 12 
at Mass. 

W Soccer 

Westfield 5 

Maritime 12 


at Worcester 1 1